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say auto import
quotas could fail
WASHINGTON (AP)-Quotas or
higher tariffs on imported autos from
Japan could fail in their goal of helping
the U.S. auto industry, the U.S. Inter-
national Trade Commission said
The commission may have to decide
whether to recommend import restric-
tion as part of its investigation of a
politically sensitive complaint by the
United Auto Workers union that U.S.
automakers are being hurt by imports.
THE FORD MOTOR CO. has filed a
In an interim report, the commission
did not indicate what it will recom-
mend, but it cited "potential
drawbacks" to restrictions such as
quotas and tariffs.
It said while they could reduce the
number of imports, they probably
would not force Americans to buy the
current line of U.S. cars if they don't
"Since many consumers are able to
delay purchases of new automobiles,
there is no quarantee that the import
restrictions would immediately induce
large numbers of buyers to switch from
imports to domestic products," the
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tinue driving their older cars while
awaiting the eventual introduction of
new, lightweight autos or downsized
versions of present models by U.S.
That has already happened to some
degree, the commission said, as the
average age of passenger autos in the
United States has increased from 5.7
years in 1972 to 6.4 years in 1979.
"Therefore, the full impact of import
restrictions on domestic autos could be
delayed for an extended period," it
The first step for the commission is to
determine whether the U.S. auto in-
dustry is being hurt by Japanese impor-
ts, or whether other causes, such as the
shortage of gasoline or autoworkers'
wage rates, are chiefly to blame for the
But if it points the finger at imports, it
then would recommend whether to
grant such relief as quotas or higher
tariffs. The final decision would be
made by President Carter.
In the story about Bruce Springsteen
yesterday the concert date was in-
correct. The rock musician will per-
form Oct. 3 at Crisler Arena. The Daily
regrets the error.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Turkish government falls
in military coup
WASHINGTON-The Turkish government fell late last night (4 a.m.
today, Ankara time), the result of a bloodless military coup, the U.S. State
Department reported. The toppled premier was Suleyman Demirel, who had
been in power since last October.
"There has been a takeover of the government of Turkey by the
military," said State Department spokeswoman Sondra McCarty. "We un-
derstand from our embassy there was no violence and no danger to
Americans over there," she said.
No further details were available at press time.
Federal court bans motorist
road map prayer in N.C.
RICHMOND, Va.-A federal appeals court ruled yesterday the North
Carolina road map prayer violates the constitutional requirement of
separation of church and state, despite the agreement that it may foster the
state's legitimate concern for the safety of motorists:"
"The state can't escape the proscriptions of the constitution merely by
identifying a beneficial secular purpose," the court said.
London diamond theft
suspects nabbed by FBI
CHICAGO-Two Chicago men, Joseph Scalise and Arthur Racbel, were
arrested at O'Hara International Airport yesterday evening and charged in
connection with the London theft of $2.4 million in gems, including the 45-
cart Marlborough Diamond.
Two men armed with a pistol and hand grenade stole the diamond and
several other gems from Graff's jewelers. The Marlborough Diamond, once
owned by the Duchess of Marlborough, is worth an estimated $960,000.
U.S. customs officials were searching the suspects' belongings last
night. Both men have histories of arrests on theft charges.
Anderson suffers financial
blow at hands of FEC
WASHINGTON-The Federal Elections Committee has refused to
formally inform the Treasury Department that indeendent candidate John
B. Anderson will, under certain circumstances, beeligible for federal reim-
bursement for some of his campaign expenses.
The committee decisions's main impact will be on the congressman's
ability to borrow money immediately, using the reimbursement as
Some Anderson aides have acknowledged efforts are under way to
borrow $1 million from West Coast, Chicago, and New York banks.
Without the necessary funds, Anderson conceded he probably can't mat-
ch the television advertising needed to keep up with President Carter and
Rare diseased birds destroyed
MIAMI-More than 6,300 exotic birds, from finches to large parrots
and macaws worth up to $5,000 each, have been destroyed at an import cen-
ter because of an outbreak of Newcastle's disease-a virus that kills
poultry-federal officials said yesterday.
Agriculture experts confirmed Wednesday that some of the birds that
died at Pet Farm, Inc., the importer, suffered from Newcastle's disease, and
a disease eradication task force began to destroy other affected birds that
The last outbreak of the disease in Miami in Marach 1979 resulted in the
destruction of 4,616 birds at a cost of nearly $300,000.
Sioux Indians lose battle
to regain Black Hills
OMAHA, Neb.-A federal judge dismissed a suit yesterday in which
the Oglala Sioux Indians sought to block the federal government from
paying more than $117 million to nine Sioux tribes for the Black Hills of South
The Indians want the land, as well as $1 billion in trespass damages,
from the government and an additional $10 billion to cover mineral resour-
ces removed from the Black Hills since 1877.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that the government must pay
the Sioux $17 million for the 7.3 million acres, plus interest, amounting to
more than $100 million.
The attorney for the Sioux, Mario Gonzales, vowed to continue the bat-
tle. "We will exhaust every possible legal alternative," he said.
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